31st Jul, 2021

Driver is arrested after repeatedly ramming police car in Coventry in the early hours of this morning

Tristan Harris 1st Jan, 2021 Updated: 1st Jan, 2021

A VAN driver severely damaged a police car after repeatedly ramming it in Coventry in the early hours of this morning.

The incident happened in Hummingbird Avenue around 1.30am after a fight broke out at a house.

Police received reports of a motorist deliberately driving at people and there were suggestions another was armed with a knife.

The West Midlands Police overnight response crews arrived minutes later but before they could step foot from the car they were rammed by a man driving a Transit van.

Shockingly, they were rammed around seven times, the impact triggering the car’s airbags, before the driver reversed into another police car.

The driver tried to make off but was cornered nearby and arrested.

He was taken to hospital after it was suspected he was under the influence of drugs.

He is due to be quizzed by officers about the incidents.

Three police officers – including two in the pictured damaged patrol car – suffered neck and back injuries but were not seriously hurt.

Enquiries into the disorder continue.

The car will need to be assessed but it is expected to be written off because of the amount of damage sustained.

Witnesses or anyone with any information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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